The credibility of Mr Scrafton’s account is not advanced by the atmospherics. There was an hour and a half between the first logged call from the PM (8:41pm) and a briefer second call at (10:12pm). Enough time for a glass or two and some ‘conflation’ of memory? bq. In his earlier evidence Mr Scrafton said he still believed he had received three calls from the Prime Minister but acknowledged he may have “conflated the number of issues discussed with the number of calls”. He had taken the calls at the rear of a restaurant in Leichhardt where he had gone to dinner with a female companion and “two very expensive bottles of wine”. (“The Australian”:http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10644171%5E2702,00.html)
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